We’ve all braved the training wheel stage and first big push from a parent before crashing. Hopefully you got back up and pedaled into the sunset like a pro. I had a bright pink Barbie bike donned with streamers. Bike riding as an adult should be easy like a Sunday morning, right? Not so much if you are up bright and early at CYCLEBAR.
What is CYCLEBAR?
The siblings who founded CYCLEBAR in 2005 recognized that there are three key ingredients to a successful indoor cycling experience: great instructors, great music, and a great environment. CYCLEBAR provided all 3 and more. The instructor, Cara, led us through form and tips with an energetic and encouraging demeanor. The environment, CycleTheatre – was unlike anything I could have expected. Think movie theatre but instead of big plushy seats – stationary bikes. There are two massive screens behind the instructor – who rides facing you – and switches between images to stat screens. I loved that the CycleTheatre is dark which helped me focus on the music and my ride, instead of checking out what others were doing.
What to expect:
I opened the door to CYCLEBAR and walked straight ihnto a club like atmosphere. The music was lit, on fleek, turnt, on point (NO idea if I used those terms correctly but you get my drift right?!) I had to resist the urge to bust out all the good white girl dance moves in front of 6 strangers at 7am. The front desk staff were so friendly and welcoming and I immediately felt at ease.
What is different from other cycle studios?
They supply the shoes, which rocks! CYCLEBAR customer service top notch – fresh fruit, hot and cold towels, water bottles, and a water station with chilled and warm water. The CYCLEBAR mission is to offer concierge level service and they were not kidding around. You will find locker rooms with showers and stocked with hairbows, hairspray, etc so you don’t have to worry about bringing with!
What are Cycle Stats? Why are they important?
CycleStats are provided to each rider by email after the ride. This intrigued me as a competitive person because you can see your stats changing over time as your rides improve. The CycleStats are measuring items like calories burned, RPM, and power. You will also see the group stats throughout the ride on the screen, averaging the other riders in with your own. I found the CycleStats a perfect mix of individual ranking vs group goals. There are a few icons that you will see on the screen that you will need to know:
- Music Note – this refers to your Energy Points which is based on your gender, height, and weight. I like this aspect since I wont be riding with the same force as a 200 lb male beside me. Think faster pedaling + higher resistance = more Energy Points. You increase resistance by twisting a knob on your bike.
- Speedometer – Measures your RPM’s. Rather than speed racing throughout the class, the instructor helps you find the beat throughout the changing playlist.
- Lightning Bolt – This captures your watts aka your power. Think faster pedaling = higher watts.
What if I am not sure about this CYCLEBAR stuff?
Whether you are a newbie to indoor cycling or a veteran rider I HIGHLY suggest reserving a seat in the CycleTheatre ASAP. Your body will thank you and you will leave feeling like you can conquer the world.
Can’t wait to hear about how you rock your first free CYCLEBAR ride. Let me know when you are headed to ride, I’d love to join you if you are in Richmond VA!